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Silver Creek D-170 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Silver Creek D-170 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. The traditional dreadnough...Click To Read More About This Product

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A solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides power the D170's full, bold tone.

The Silver Creek D-170 Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. The traditional dreadnought body gives this guitar a sweet, warm tone with lots of volume. The D-170 also features a rosewood headstock overlay with a beautiful vase inlay, chrome tuners, and a tortoise shell pickguard. Silver Creek guitars have the same quality materials and construction found on many high-end guitars without a high-end price.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Square Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back Sides: Solid rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • No. of frets: 20, open 14
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Mini Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Silvercreek logo with Flower & Vase inlay
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck width at body: 2-1/8"
  • String spacing at saddle E-E: 2-1/8"
  • Binding: White with Black/White purfling
  • Rosette: Ringed
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
  • Width at Upper Bout: 11-9/16"
  • Width at Lower Bout: 15-5/8"
  • Maximum Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Tuners: Chrome
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4.8

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Much more than expected

Very happy with this purchase. It's a keeper.
Come on now, solid rosewood back and sides, solid spruce top, bone nut and saddle? For the price, this is an incredible...Read complete review

Very happy with this purchase. It's a keeper.
Come on now, solid rosewood back and sides, solid spruce top, bone nut and saddle? For the price, this is an incredible deal! The only thing I would have liked better are the tuners and bridge pins. But hey, to me that is the place to cut corners to be able to afford this quality of an instrument at this price. Easily changed, if you want to improve these elements. The important elements are there and produce a wonderful sounding guitar.
I looked her over closely and found a couple of finish flaws. Very discrete and difficult to find, but something that you wouldn't find on a superior guitar, like Martin, etc. Who cares, though. That's not what I am looking for when looking at solid wood guitars. The sound is what is important. Though these MINOR finish flaws are there, they are almost unnoticeable and certainly don't affect the performance of the guitar. The wood itself is good quality and does what I had hoped. Great sound.
I did have it set up by a professional luthier. He found a slight hump on the finger board right about where it mounts to the body. It wasn't enough to cause much of a problem with playability but this guy wanted to see just how good he could make her play. He didn't charge me for the added work (refret and leveling of that part of the fingerboard) and he told me that he really didn't need to do it. He just was so impressed with the components (woods) of this guitar that he felt compelled to achieve perfection.
I got it on the stupid deal of the day. Need I say more? UNREAL ! ! !

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The spoiler

I hate to be a spoiler because practically all of the reviews I've seen on this guitar are positive. Maybe I just got a bad one. However, I've owned my D-170 for...Read complete review

I hate to be a spoiler because practically all of the reviews I've seen on this guitar are positive. Maybe I just got a bad one. However, I've owned my D-170 for almost a year and have never been satisfied with it. The construction is ok, but the playability and tone are atrocious. I even went as far as to have a professional luthier replace the nut and saddle with Tusq materials--I even replaced the end pins with Tusqs. Mine bowed within two months, so I've have to adjust the truss rod a few times just to get the fretboard relatively flat. Still the low E buzzes out even though the higher strings have retained somewhat of a high action. This thing just sounds dull and is difficult to play. I guess I just got a bum steer--even professional modifications did not improve my D-170 to an acceptable level.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very pleased

By pacobell_82

from South Georgia

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Ive had the Silvercreek D-170 for about 2 months and still love it. The Bone Nut and saddle was not what I expected from a budget guitar, but i did order new bridge pins to replace the plastic ones. Its not a quite the banjo killer that a nice martin is but it's pretty punchy. It sounds so much better than my takemine g-series guitar "which is a comparable price" Ive read that some had set up issues but when mine came in the mail, it just needed a minor truss rod adjustment. havent had any problem with tuning either. Overall I couldn't be happier!
A solid wood guitar at the price was a pleasant suprise.
The structure of the guitar is very sound, but there was a couple of minor blemishes on the finish

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really cool guitar!

By Fayth Kim

from Chicago

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This guitar is great for any beginner to advanced guitarist.
It has solid rosewood back and sides and comes with D'adarrio strings, I'm not sure 100% what gauge though. Seems light.
Nothing too fancy, just a well built guitar for the money The gloss is not overdone in my opinion and really adds to the niceness of the guitar.
There was a sale and if you call and order there is an amazing discount also!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Much more than expected

By Woodandsteel

from California

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Very happy with this purchase. It's a keeper.
Come on now, solid rosewood back and sides, solid spruce top, bone nut and saddle? For the price, this is an incredible deal! The only thing I would have liked better are the tuners and bridge pins. But hey, to me that is the place to cut corners to be able to afford this quality of an instrument at this price. Easily changed, if you want to improve these elements. The important elements are there and produce a wonderful sounding guitar.
I looked her over closely and found a couple of finish flaws. Very discrete and difficult to find, but something that you wouldn't find on a superior guitar, like Martin, etc. Who cares, though. That's not what I am looking for when looking at solid wood guitars. The sound is what is important. Though these MINOR finish flaws are there, they are almost unnoticeable and certainly don't affect the performance of the guitar. The wood itself is good quality and does what I had hoped. Great sound.
I did have it set up by a professional luthier. He found a slight hump on the finger board right about where it mounts to the body. It wasn't enough to cause much of a problem with playability but this guy wanted to see just how good he could make her play. He didn't charge me for the added work (refret and leveling of that part of the fingerboard) and he told me that he really didn't need to do it. He just was so impressed with the components (woods) of this guitar that he felt compelled to achieve perfection.
I got it on the stupid deal of the day. Need I say more? UNREAL ! ! !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Sound

By jonsblutooth

from Madison, WI

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I've had the D-170 for 5 months now, and it still plays well. Has a beautiful deep tone that has opened up. Installed Tusq bridge pins, DR Sunbeam strings, die cast tuners. These were all steps up as they're cheapos that come on D-170. The rest of the guitar is good quality except for the craftsmanship of the fretboard/neck, which could be improved a bit. It's not bad tho. These really do have a nice, deep booming tone similar to a Martin. The tone is outstanding actually, compared to many guitars I've played that were double and triple the price. I plan to take the ultra-thick clear coat off the neck, and use varnish to thin the neck. If you can do the simple mods, it's a worthwhile investment. Awesome tone...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It;s not a Martin.

By Westreverb

from Bondi, Sydney, Australia

Silver Creek D-170 Dreadnaught Acoustic.Well I decided "to take a punt",(Aussie slang for take a chance) on buying a $249 solid rosewood dreadnaught guitar.I had never heard of this brand ,couldnt believe the sale and went for it.It had a long way to travel and arrived in two boxes ,cause I bought the Silver creek Vintage Dreadnaught case.The guitar is really good,visually, production wise and the sound is really even with great sustain.It is not a Martin and is not trying to be ,but I can promise you, it is the best $249 I have spent in a long, long time of playing guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST DEAL EVER!!!

By Tin whiskers.

from Clearwater, Fl.

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I too have owned and own many high end acoustics over the last thirty years. I've tried them all and I can honestly say I am absolutely blown away by the tone and quality of this guitar. It's just amazing. I don't know if I got an exceptional one but by the looks of the other reviews it may just be they are all this good. It has incredible volume and balance and clarity and ease of play (after a quick saddle shave) Everything about this guitar is just unbelievable for the price. The neck anf fretwork is near flawless, the top has virtually no runout, super tight grain with a great bookmatch on the front and back. Love the v neck!! I've paid over $1000 for a martin D18 and this is so close I can't even believe it. It's a no brainer and worth twice the price easy. Overall an absolute best buy if there ever was one. SOLID ROSEWOOD for chump change. Just hard to believe!!!! Better than any low to mid priced Martin, Better than some high end Blueridge, better than anything I know of. I can't think of one guitar at twice the price that even compares. This thig is a real treat!!! Maybe the best deal on a guitar I've ever had. YeeHaw!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Basically a Martin

By F5Grun

from Pocono Mtns.

First off the quality of woods used was more than I hoped for. Great rosewood on sides and back, and nice tight grain spruce top. The workmanship is very nice with no flaws in the binding or anywhere else. The tuners are OK and probably will need replacing in the future along with the bridge pins. As for the sound....it sounds like a D-28, boomy lows and very full tone. Awesome guitar for the price, you just cant get anything better under a grand. I'm sure Martin is not too happy with this Guitar out on the market.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great solid wood guitar!

By Jack-WKboO

from Monterey, Ca

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First of all, the Silver Creek, Johnson Carolina, and Recording King are all the same guitar and specs built in the same factory with just minor variations. The D-170 has an Englemann spruce top and forward scalloped bracing, similar to a Martin HD-28, but without ebony fingerboard and bridge. Recording King's have more options within the line so if you wanted ebony and herringbone, look there. Here's the real deal. I have several Martins, a D-18,OMJM, 00-18C and this is just as good. It doesn't have as much bling, or herringbone, or fancy fretboard inlays, but the tone and projection is all that really matters in a guitar. This will keep up with any Martin, Taylor, Gibson etc. And if you covered up the headstock, I highly doubt any listener would think otherwise. I know it's hard for the purists who pay the high dollar for the name on the headstock, but it's true. Oh, and the finish may be considered "thick", (I don't think so), but from my experience it's not affecting these guitars in sound. Maybe removing the pickguard wll let the top vibrate more, maybe. But that could be said on any guitar, prove it in a soundtest. This is a great guitar for the price. Better than a Yamaha FG730S, better than the Epiphone Mastercracks... and if you have a prized acoustic, you should get this one as a backup, for the money you won't have to worry about a ding, scratch, etc. It's meant to be played, not hanging on a wall for an investment...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Buy

By Samuel Drummond

from Iowa

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Great tuning, solid wood body with a firm neck. It's what you should be looking for in an acoustic guitar. If this is your price range, this is the guitar you're looking for. This guitar will stay in tune, and be in tune regardless of fret. This guitar has a loud bassy sound which lacks the tin-like sound laminate guitars produce. It was set up near perfect. Undoubtedly this guitar should last a life time.
Solid wood body with firm/sturdy neck, excellent craftsmanship.
No issues, near perfect note at each fret, quality tuners with an overall beautiful look.
Even at MSRP price it would be worth the money.

 
5.0

There are two D-170's.

By DMW-zx6m6

from KY

There are two D-170 models. Be aware of that. I have one of each. The first D-170 I bought has a yellow toner in the top finish and this is to make the guitar finish look like aged lacquer. This guitar has a neck shape more like a Gibson than a Martin. It is more like a D than a V. Everything about this guitar is fine except you can find some spots where the finish could have been better buffed-out and such. You might find some internal braces that are not perfectly smooth. But the stuff that counts - tone and playability - are excellent. This guitar is a boomer - real full low-end, loud and wonderful in the rest of the tonal spectrum. It makes my 1983 Taylor 510 blush. It comes with tarnished D'Addario strings. Be ready to change them. I like Martin Marquis Phospher Bronze strings. This guitar is just a great guitar. I own a set of nut files and I will be doing some nut slot depth adjusting but I am hyper-critical about such things. The nut and saddle are quality bone or a bone-like synthetic. They don't have the feel of bone to the touch but have similar tonal qualities at least. The back is book-matched, as far as grain, but the top is not. That does not affect the tone. Model number two has no yellow tint toner in the top finish and the tinted tops are supposed to be on the newer guitars. I ordered this one after receiving the tinted top version. This one has a pronounced V shape neck. It might not be everyone's cup of tea. I owned a vintage reissue Strat with a V neck that used to cause my hand to cramp. I've played this Silver Creek quite alot and have no hand cramping. It is comfortable. The guitar came with a real bone nut and saddle. The saddle is compensated and I only had to adjust one neck slot depth. The action is perfect.The negatives are that this has a few burn marks on the edge of the top. An over-zealous person used too much pressure during the sanding process. The burn marks are inside the binding. Really dumb. This would be a "second" with most manufacturers. I decided to keep this guitar anyway. It is not as loud as the first D-170, and it has a more even tone (no booming bass). It sounds more like new Martins I've played that are still tight-sounding because they're not broken in. My order for this was pulled by someone without a brain. I ordered the Silver Creek case at the same time and the guitar was shipped separate from the case. A carboard box is a sorry way to ship a nice acoustic guitar. A $99 solid body is OK that way but not a solid wood acoustic. UPS drivers are known to use cartons to stand on. And, sometimes they deliver to the wrong house as they did with this time. This guitar is invariably compared to Martins. Look at web sites that sell vintage Martins and note all of the repairs that have been made. You'll find $30,000 Martins with sections of tops replaced and many body cracks repaired. The majority will have had neck re-sets. Bolt-ons like Taylor and Breedlove have the edge in that department. Don't try to compare these to Martins. A good Martin is a very good guitar and some of the best sounding guitars I've ever played or heard were Martins and some were not so good. The same with these Silver Creeks. Some are better than others. I hate to say that "for the price" they are great, but they are. Be prepared to do some work on them or have a knowledgeable repairman do a set-up. Don't take it to a luthier who is a snob and likes to work only on Martins. Take it to one who loves guitars, in general, and works on them for the love of the instrument. You'll get a great playing guitar back from someone like that.

 
4.0

Martin may not like what I have to say

By Rock n Roll Cole

from Niagara Falls, Canada

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Like it or not, this D-170 is a very, very close copy of the Martin D-28. With a couple of small upgrades (bridge pins, tuners etc.) you've pretty much got a D-28. I know there are others who don't agree and I can only imagine that they are D-28 owners, and they are having a hard time swallowing the $2000 price difference. I mean it really does look and sound just like one. I have played and examined both in great gory detail. Very loud and thick toned rosewood sound just like it should.One thing to note is that mine now came with D'Addario strings and a very good setup. Oh and the frets were dressed perfect and generally everything was just fine. Another thing to note is the tuners do really work well and keep it in tune. They have a real vintage look to them too but they are of very cheap quality.

 
5.0

Good, but need set up.

By Dan-FUJu2

from Delta Jct, AK

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I got one of these (Silver Creek D-170) for myself about a year ago. It is a really good guitar for the price. The only problem I had was, I changed the strings to extra light, and had to lower the action quite a bit. (I did all the work myself) After that, it is the best guitar I have ever played, and I like it better then any gibson at the local music shop.If youw ant a GREAT guitar, and don't want to eat a hole in your wallet, get this guitar!I use this guitar for church, and every body that plays it says it is a nice guitar, and every one likes it.

 
5.0

How I Love The D-170 Silvercreek Guitar

By Darrell I. Howard

from Salyersville, Ky.

Receive the D-170 Silver Creek about three weeks ago and I am very well pleased with in. I have Pastored the Church, that i'm in for over nineteen years and I play guitar and piano. I have a T-160 Silver Creek and I order a T-170 but they were on backorder, so I got the D-170 while the sale was on. I'm glad that I got the D-170 and even though the T-160 is a nice enough guitar, this D-170 is beautifuly finished (over the T-160) and the sound is great. I had to do a little setup on it but nothing mager. I would recommend it to any one. Very well pleased ! Pastor: Darrell I. Howard

 
5.0

Good Value

By Sagittarius

from Arizona

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I'll start with the negatives then I'll move on to the positives.I don't like the designe of the tuning keys, they look like they came out of the 1890's, However, the strings hold their tunes fairly well and the looks is a matter of personal taste, you may like their looks. Second, I don't like the fact they used three differen't sizes of dot inlays on the fretboard, the largest near the Nut and the smallest near the sound hole, again you may like this look. Last of the negatives is that it looks like someone took a utility nife and cut the shape of the picguard freehand,the cut is not perfect. Now, lets move on to the positives.Firt, the most important consideration for any potential guitar buyer should be the sound, and this guitar shines, it is definately the sound of a solid rosewood body and a solid sitka spruce top, deep, rich and well balanced. The neck is thin and very easy to play on. There is a beautifully crafted inlay on the head stock, designe of a vase and flowers, well done. On the back of the headstock there is a raised arrow- head where the headstock and the neck meet. It doesn't get in the way of your playing though, I haven't decided if I like it or not yet. I guess every manufacturer has his own construction signature. The body is well made. Overall it's a nice guitar and a good value. It would be unfair to compare it to my Taylor 510 which I bought 21 years ago. My Taylor's sound has matured over the years. And this guitar will as well. What other manufacturer sells an all solid Spruce/rosewood guitar for such a low price. I'm very happy with my purchase.

 
5.0

Very pleased

By Smithy

from Walnut Cove, NC

A friend of mine told me about a guitar his brother had purchased (Silver Creek D-170 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar)and how amazed he was at the quality and equally blown away by the price. I had my husband look at it on the internet and he said for this price we could give it a try. When it arrived, my husband, who is also a muscian (and owner of several Martin guitars)was speechless. It sounded great right out of the box. He took it to have a friend who builds guitars for an assessment. He was amazed as well. The best part was seeing my sons face! (his guitar had recently been stolen). We put it in my husbands Martin case (tied the guitar with a bow) and left it in the living room knowing he'd pick it up to play. When he opened it he didn't see the bow and actually thought he had his dad's Martin. Not until he got it completely out of the case did he see the bow. He couldn't believe it! He went over and over it and kept repeating "I can't believe it. You guys must have paid a bunch for this" guitar. The BEST gift I've ever bought!

 
5.0

Unbelievable Value

By Pickin n Grinnin

from Atlanta

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I just purchased my second D 170. Like a fool, I sold my first one to some fellow who played it and "just had to have it". Even with the profit I made on the sale, I regret selling and will not be selling this one. This guitar is very close to a Martin D 28 and is a much much bigger bang for the buck. It has that sweet Martin sound and a wonferfully playable neck. If you buy one, you will need a professional setup and then have a guitar that can be played anywhere.

 
5.0

UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!!!

By Peter S Hickey

from Tempe, AZ

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That's what the deal Silver Creek gives you on this guitar is. This is an entirely SOLID WOOD guitar that costs less than many plywood guitars. And it sounds, looks and plays GREAT! Show me any other maker who will give you a solid rosewood dread for such an absurdly low price. It isn't perfect. You'll need to put on better tuners and the end pin has a nasty habit of falling out of mine but for this price, WHO CARES? I own some very nice acoustics -- a Collings, a Martin and a Taylor -- and while the Silver Creek isn't of that level of quality, it sure can hold its own when you factor in the price. It kicks the snot out of the beater it replaced, a Washburn solid wood (sapele) dread. I almost don't want to take it out in the street to busk with, it's so nice, but that's the whole point of me owning a guitar at this price point. My luthier, who has 35 years experience and has done work for the likes of the Meat Puppets, Gin Blossoms, Tom Petty and Glen Campbell, was so impressed with this guitar that he bought the concert-sized mahogany version for himself. You simply will never find a better deal on a new acoustic guitar.

 
5.0

Silver Creek D-170

By Ratfink23T

from Plano Tx

I compared this with an Epiphome Masterbilt DR-500R I own. The Epiphone has a bit more bass and a little more volume. The Silver Creek is brighter. I don't care for the D shaped neck on the Silver Creek, but that's not a major problem. The Epiphone neck feels more like the electric guitars I have played in the past. The Sliver Creek is an outstanding value.

 
5.0

Great Value

By WAY-2-HIGH

from Undisclosed

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I have had the D-170 for around a week, and I am very happy with it. I do not think that there is a guitar with several hundred dollars that will touch it. The Silver Creek is very comporable to the Guild gad's and the Blueridges. Everything about the guitar reminds me of the D-28 it's sound is even comporable, but dont get me wrong I would rather have had the D-28 just not by thousands more. If you are on a budget and have been considering the other chineese made guitars (which all seem pretty good to me) The Silver Creek is the cheapest solid wood guitar I have seen, but it does not look or feel cheap playing. Dont forget the case from Silver Creek it's incrediably nice for the price. Bottom line this guitar should cost way way more pick it up before the price goes up.

 
5.0

Easy to play, nice, light guitar.

By Dave-lgDP-

from Sacramento

I just bought this guitar last week. I was looking for a used Martin, but after reading everyone elses reviews, and playing alot of guitars (Taylors, Yamahas, Martins, Seagulls, Gibsons, Fenders, others) I feel I got a great guitar for the money. If you have the coin to throw down, buy a Taylor or a Martin. But if you're into ecomonizing to make your wallet and spouse happy, this is a great sounding guitar with great action, wonderful tone, and is easy and enjoyable to play. My guitar had already been taken in and had the action lowered and restrung like all the other posts had mentioned was needed. The neck: it has a nice sized, delicate "v" shaped neck which I love, and is easy to play. The tone is not as bright as a Taylor or Yamaha, if you want a bright sound, nor is it as mellow sounding as a cedar topped guitar. Its right in between - just right like a Martin. The spruce top and rosewood is a winning combination. The inlay is a nice attraction on the headstock. If I stay into guitar playing like I have been, I may buy a Taylor or a Martin, since I love them both, but this is a great axe I can take camping or to the beach without worrying about potentially ruining a guitar worth thousands of dollars. One drawback for me: The Silvercreek guitar I bought had a much yellower or gold tone to the spruce top than normal. The owner of the local music store where I take lessons thought maybe they were trying to make it look older or aged; I find it a bit unnatural looking since I have a 35 year old spruce top that isn't this gold. Another guitar for the money I'd recommend you consider is a Seagull, perhaps a slight step up, and which comes in cedar or spruce depending on your taste or the requirment for what you play.

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